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06-24-2006, 02:23 PM
Hi all,

First, just an FYI, I put my profile up on the profile page. And, I am down four pounds... I am 237 today!

And, curious to know, what is your worst food habit or issue or behaviour. Mine is eating out and not having enough food on hand at home. That will be my goal this week, to eat out less and have on hand, easy to prepare meals at home.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Start: 6/20/06

06-24-2006, 02:41 PM
My biggest downfall is sweets, I have a really hard time resisting them if they are around and it doesn't take much of a doughnut or cinnamon roll to eat too many calories!! I use Cocoa Vie Bars or berries with splenda and lite cool whip or sf popsicles to try to make my sweet tooth happy and have an easier time resisting those treats that people seem to take everywhere. ;)

06-24-2006, 05:05 PM
Ha! Elaine, you and I are total opposites. :) When there is food at home I am in trouble, but when all of my food is eaten out or delivered I seem to control myself a bit more. Weird.

06-24-2006, 05:38 PM
Mine is preparring meals, I eat Breakfast, but lunch and dinner are more of a snack than a meal..

06-24-2006, 05:57 PM
Currently, my worst habit is forgetting to take something to work for an afternoon snack. I come in from work starving and grab something to ease the hunger while I'm cooking supper. It's usually nothing too awful, natural pb, cheese, fruit or a sf fudgesicle. But it may be 2 oz of cheese where if I had eaten it at work before I got so hungry, one ounce would have done the trick. That has caused me to be consistently 100 - 150 higher calories each day than I would like to be.

06-24-2006, 06:03 PM
I definitely have a problem picking the right choices when I eat out.

I have a sweet tooth, too, Melody. I am a chocoholic. I love the stuff. And it really doesn't take much at all to make those calories shoot through the roof.

06-24-2006, 06:07 PM
My major problem is eating alone--it's almost as if I think if no one sees me eating it, then it doesn't count :dizzy: I am fixing this by not having any snack or junk food in my home (so I don't binge when home alone) and by stopping at stores on my way home from work less frequently (because if I run into a store alone, I'm more likely to grab snacks to eat in the car :o ). I try to do as much shopping as I can on weekends with my boyfriend in tow so I don't buy anything I shouldn't.

06-24-2006, 06:13 PM
My trouble always has been, and always will be, boredom eating. Actually, for me it's closer to "sedentary eating". If, for any reason, I am stationary for any real length of time (studying, on the computer, watching tv, etc.) I become this mindless eating machine that can go through a family sized bag of potato chips in an evening.

I've completely gotten rid of this behavior by: 1) not allowing big bags of any snack-type items in the house, 2) only eating food that I portion out, not right out of the bag, bowl, or box, 3) reducing my sedentary time to as little as possible and 4) re-inforcing to myself that I eat at the programmed times only.

I still get a bit whistful when walking past the chip isle, but it's more than worth it. :)

06-24-2006, 07:58 PM
Mine is probably eating alone. When hubby goes away for work, the house seems so empty, and I cruise the kitchen (and/or delivery menus) almost as soon as he's out the door. I guess I'm trying to comfort myself by filling the void with food. I do know it's not the answer, but it really is a tough behaviour to break because it does work in the (very) short term. The last few times, I've swapped eating for shopping to add to my yarn and craft stashes, :s: , but I still end up having a few too many drinkies on the night. :devil: Fortunately, he doesn't go away without me too often.

06-24-2006, 09:50 PM
My biggest problem area is eating out, and making not so good choices, way too often.:( I always eat really good for breakfast and lunch, but then my DH and DD come home and are always so willing to get something out, and it's also so much quicker and easier. This is one area I'm definitely working on and trying to improve on.:o :^:

06-24-2006, 11:19 PM
Interesting question. I'm not sure I ever thought in terms of having one worst habit before. Maybe it's impulse eating in general. I can completely forget that I'm dieting and just reach for something bad.

I've gotten way better with this. Now I'm trying to get myself to eat the vegetables or my planned meal before I eat something bad (when a craving is upon me), and I'm finding that very hard to do, so maybe that's my worst habit.

06-25-2006, 01:34 AM
I usually think of it as secret eating, when no one's around. For some reason, when my DH is gone, I start eating. I think it's boredom more than anything else, especially since I'm not working right now. The bad part is sometimes it's something really off plan like oreos or frozen yogurt, sometimes its relatively good food just wayyyy too much of it. I really have to start working on that again.

06-25-2006, 11:31 AM
My biggest problem is and always has been portion control. I'm working on it but sometimes it is hard. I enjoy eating food and sometimes I just want to continue the enjoyment. I am good at knowing when I cross the line now days but sometimes I'll cross the line any way.

06-26-2006, 09:29 AM
Mine is eating out. I feel that I should eat what's there rather than bring it home. Eating out seems to flick a switch in my brain that shuts off reason and rationality. I don't eat out as often as I want or used to for that reason.

11-13-2006, 08:29 PM
Portions that are too big and eating cheese are my worst. I have to fight these two things constantly!

11-14-2006, 01:09 AM
My biggest problem is forgetting to eat lunch. Then, I'll be starving and hittting the peanut butter jar while dinner is cooking.

11-14-2006, 01:50 AM
Mine would be not eating until I'm STARVING & then make poor choices. It's because I'm always so worried about making the wrong decisions that I avoid it. Stupid, I know.

I'm also bad for not being able to eat a portion of something sweet (ice cream, baked goods, etc.) & put it away. If it's in the house I eat it until it is ALL gone. My poor husband cannot have ice cream or cookies unless he hides it from me!

11-14-2006, 04:16 AM
For me it's emotional eating. All emotions, both positive or negative (but mostly negative) seem to trigger a desire to stuff myself with whatever is on hand. Who knew, but it IS possible to binge on veggies... When they say to be successful with weight loss long-term, you have to fix the underlying reason why you eat, this one is definitely mine. Food has been my consolation and my reward for as long as I can remember. I'm working on finding healthy replacements!

11-14-2006, 06:12 AM
I'm with Tammy. I have to eat throughout the day. If I don't, by the time I get home I am so hungry that it overpowers any kind of control I had. Then I reach for ANYTHING!

11-14-2006, 06:13 AM
I see that back in June, I posted that my biggest problem was eating alone. Well...it still is! I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home from work yesterday and ended up eating an entire container of mini frosted cupcakes (12 of them :o ) in the car on my way home. If someone had been with me, I wouldn't have bought ANY junk food :mad:

11-14-2006, 07:10 AM
If I haven't done something for over 10 weeks, then is my habit officially kicked? No, huh I didn't think so.

Well what has gotten me so overweight in the first place is terrible bingeing. Large amounts of food. Mindless eating, eating without thinking about the consequences. But like I said it's been over 10 weeks since I've done that. I hope to G-d that I never, ever, ever do anything like that again. :nono:

11-14-2006, 02:43 PM
Jillybean, love the new pic. :)

My biggest problem is stress eating, and 'batching' in my head, ie, can't have a gingersnap w/o some eggnog, can't have a sugar cookie w/o a cup of hot cocoa, can't have a cinnamon log cookie w/o some dark chocolate fudge. My current plan, to not have ANY of it then, works for now, but I know that won't work forever.

11-14-2006, 03:20 PM
Mine is not having healthy, planned meals at home. It's too easy to go out and make bad choices when there's nothing obvious or easy to eat at home. Eating restaurant food becomes eating comfort food, then comes trouble.

11-14-2006, 03:22 PM
Another problem that I have at times is "Rationalizing that it's OK just this once". That I feel entitled to it. This can definitely get out of hand for me. EX. 10 days ago was DH's B-day and I baked a cake. Thought that I totally deserved a slice of it. I ended up having 4 huge slices, licked the knife and sucked the icing off all 42 candles. What I did deserve was the 2 lbs. that I gained and have worked my butt off now to try to take off.

11-14-2006, 08:12 PM
Mine always was fast food. All though I have pretty much whipped that. Now my biggest problem is my treat day. I allow myself one treat day a week but it more often than not goes further than a treat day should. Ideally I would like to stick to going no more than 600 calories over. However it ends up being in thousands over. Yes I still lose weight but I don't like the way it makes me feel and think.

11-14-2006, 08:33 PM
My worst food habit is sweets and breads. I am out of control with these type of foods. Doing my best to ween out of my binge foods. Good luck..

11-16-2006, 01:44 AM
I have so many, heh! I will pick the top 3 -- from worst, to second worst, to third worst.

1. Boredom eating at work. If it's a slow day at work, I'll munch. It's something I can do while at the computer, sort of a multi-tasked 'reward' for myself. Somehow, my boredom eating veers toward chocolate and sweets, even if healthy choices are around, because of...

2. The "I deserve something good-tasting!" feeling. Gosh, it's such a miserable day at work, I deserve to have someting good-tasting! Like, oh, a pound bag of M&Ms. Unfortunately for me, good tasting does not always equal good tasting. I mean, there are tons of foods, either healthy foods, better than a burger and fries at a fast food joint. But that leads to...

3. Ingrained habits! The "bad day at work, don't want to cook, need something fast!" mindset has traditionally driven me to fast food, for 'treats'. Breaking this habit is hard! I can see myself exhibiting it, and sometimes, I can stop and substitute. Sometimes I can't. Trying to replace the habit with a non-food reward has not been effective as of yet. I keep trying things and hoping, though!

11-16-2006, 07:31 AM
Now my biggest problem is my treat day. I allow myself one treat day a week but it more often than not goes further than a treat day should. Ideally I would like to stick to going no more than 600 calories over. However it ends up being in thousands over. Yes I still lose weight but I don't like the way it makes me feel and think.

Only a man could get away with eating all those extra calories and still lose weight. It's just not fair!!! A whole treat DAY? I was thinking perhaps to add 1 treat a week, but a whole DAY? Women just can't do it. Oh well. So goes it. You keep on enjoying your treat day Howie and I'll keep on enjoying my.................veggies, yeah that's what I'll enjoy.

11-16-2006, 09:03 AM
I still clean up after the kids! DS bought himself a pizza for lunch yesterday and didn't finish it. Late at night ... I did!

11-16-2006, 01:36 PM
How do I pick just one? lol!

Stress eating and sweets are my biggest problems.

11-16-2006, 01:55 PM
For me, it's sweets and ice cream! I used to "reward" myself for getting through the day by sitting down with an entire carton of Ben and Jerrys every night and watching TV after the kids went to bed. For me, it's not about portion control when it comes to sweets, it's about avoidance. I know that I won't stop at just a little, I'll eat until the whole package is gone, so now I have to just avoid it altogether.